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Transcript of John Williams
John Williams left the Air Force in 1954 and moved to New York City to study at the Juilliard School of Music.
After graduating, he moved back to L.A. and began working as a film studio orchestrator.
His first composition for television was the theme song for Lost in Space.
John Williams' career has spanned over 60 years and has included some of the most famous music in film, including:
Home Alone (1990)
Jurassic Park (1993)
John Williams was born on February 8, 1932 in Floral Park, New York.
In 1948 he moved with this family to Los Angeles, California.
John attended college near L.A. to study music composition.
After college he joined the United States Air Force and conducted the Air Force Band.
Indiana Jones (1981)
Harry Potter (2001)
Star Wars (1977)
John Williams has received 5 Acdemy Awards and 49 Academy Award nominations. He is the second most nominated person after Walt Disney.
He has 3 Emmy Awards and 6 Emmy nominations; 4 Golden Globe Awards and 25 nominations; 21 Grammy Awards and 63 nominations; and 7 British Academy Film Awards.
The American Film Institute named John Williams' score for Star Wars the "greatest American film score of all time."
Other Notable Work
John Williams wrote the music for:
Four Olympic Games
NBC Sunday Night Football
NBC Nightly News
The Statue of Liberty rededication
The television themes for
Lost in Space, Land of the Giants
, and the original (not well known) calypso-based theme to
Numerous classical concerti
He also served as the principal conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980-1993 (currently conductor laureate)